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A lumbar laminectomy is surgery to ease pressure on the spinal cord and nerves of the lower spine. The doctor makes a 7 to 10 centimetre cut in the lower back. This cut is called an incision. Then the doctor takes out pieces of bone that are squeezing the spinal cord and nerves. He or she may also take out other tissues.
Many people have less pain soon after surgery. But your back may feel stiff and sore for a few months.
Most people go home 1 to 2 days after surgery. You will likely return to work or your normal routine in 4 to 6 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your surgery.
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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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